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September 12, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
It was in the mid-1990s when Drew Gordon, then La Salle's offensive coordinator, took notice of a sophomore reserve. "He kind of stood out because he worked so hard and, even as one of the younger guys on the team, was a leader," said Gordon, now the Explorers' head coach. That player was Travis Manion. Later, as a hard-nosed senior fullback and defensive lineman, he played a key role in La Salle's drive to a 12-1 record and the Catholic League title. After making his mark at La Salle, where he also excelled in wrestling and lacrosse, Manion went on to the U.S. Naval Academy and, following in the footsteps of his father, became a Marine Corps officer.
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June 15, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year ago, both Council Rock South and La Salle saw their baseball seasons end in devastating fashion. In an error-marred state-quarterfinal playoff, C.R. South yielded three runs in the bottom of the seventh and bowed to Spring-Ford, 6-5. La Salle, after jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the first 11/2 innings of a Catholic League semifinal against Neumann-Goretti, gave up 13 runs in a nightmarish sixth inning and fell, 18-13. The chance to come full circle comes on Friday, when the Golden Hawks and Explorers clash in a PIAA Class AAAA championship game set for 1 p.m. at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
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August 31, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even after a stellar opening performance, La Salle's Kyle Shurmur wanted to talk about the things he needed to improve on as a quarterback moving forward. "Numbers are numbers," the 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior said after throwing for 338 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's night's 29-7 triumph over host North Penn in Lansdale. "We can't stall on drives like we did at times. That's on me. " Shurmur, who is ticketed for Vanderbilt, connected on 23 of 36 attempts. In the first half, he was 16 for 22 for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
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December 20, 2011
Taylor Wootton scored 20 points to lift host Drexel to its first home win, a 72-59 pounding over City Six rival La Salle in women's basketball. Hollie Mershon added 13 points for the Dragons (5-3). Alexis Scott scored a game- and season-high 33 points for La Salle (3-8).   In another game: *  At St. Francis, Pa., Katie Kuester's 16 points led Saint Joseph's (6-4) to an 83-53 win.  
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March 28, 2013 | BY KEVIN MAHON, For the Daily News
THE MOST pressing matter on my mind leading up to La Salle's Sweet 16 game on Thursday is how I am going to obtain a ticket. Not to the West Regional semifinal against Wichita State, but to the Flyers-Islanders matchup taking place in Philly on the same night. Let me explain. I'm a bit superstitious, and in my mind the only way for La Salle to win on Thursday, is for me to be in the building I've visited each day the Explorers have won an NCAA Tournament game this year - the Wells Fargo Center.
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March 29, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - The good doctor didn't mean to be contrary. Dr. John Giannini was not being obtuse, or ornery, or even particularly prickly the past 2 weeks, when he disputed the "Cinderella" tag affixed to his Explorers. His dispute, of course, was meant to legitimize La Salle in his own players' eyes. He's practically a sports psychologist, for goodness' sake. Don't let him mesmerize you with that soothing tone. La Salle was as Cinderella a story as any team, ever.
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February 26, 2012 | By Brian Towey, For The Inquirer
NEW YORK - John Giannini has insisted that the margin for error for his La Salle team in the Atlantic 10 is minuscule. In Fordham's overstuffed gym in the Bronx Saturday, he was proven right. The Explorers (18-11, 7-7 A-10) dropped a physical 67-62 decision to Fordham, surrendering 35 points and 16 rebounds to Chris Gaston, the league's leading rebounder, and 26 offensive rebounds to the Rams. The win dropped La Salle behind Dayton, which hosted UMass on Saturday night, in the Atlantic Ten standings.
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November 21, 2012
Brittany Wilson hit a three-pointer with six seconds left to lift visiting La Salle to a 49-48 women's basketball victory over Lehigh Tuesday. Wilson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Explorers (1-3). Ebonee Jones added 10 points. Kerry Kinek tallied 17 points to lead Lehigh (1-2). In another game: Carmen Tyson-Thomas scored 23 points and Kayla Alexander added 20 as visiting Syracuse (4-0) routed Saint Joseph's, 80-39. Kelsey Berger had 10 points for the Hawks (2-2)
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October 13, 2012
La Salle men's tennis player Dale Fetterman won both of his matches on Thursday to lead the Explorers to a 6-1 home win over the University of the Sciences. Fetterman beat the Devils' Cameron Carlock, 6-0, 6-1, in singles and teamed with Thomas MacLeod to beat Carlock and Peter Micu, 8-3, in doubles. Field hockey. Catherine Bitterly and Danielle Strong (Boyertown Area) each scored to lead Ursinus to a 2-1 win over host Bryn Mawr. Volleyball. Victoria Limmina had 18 digs and Cecily Scavicchio (Garnet Valley)
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March 25, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who's hot Ole Miss 6-foot-7 senior Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the SEC championship win over Florida and had 10 points and nine rebounds in the 57-46 NCAA win over Wisconsin. Holloway shot 15 for 21 in the two wins. During La Salle's two NCAA tournament games, 6-8 sophomore Jerrell Wright is averaging 17 points and seven rebounds and has shot 12 for 13 from the field. Who's not Guard Nick Williams has shot just 7 for 25 in his last two games for Ole Miss.
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September 17, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his team moments away from another tie, Jason Dandy delivered on Monday afternoon. The La Salle senior scored with 25 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Explorers past Conwell-Egan, 1-0, in a Catholic League boys' soccer game. La Salle tied Holy Ghost Prep, 1-1, on Saturday. Nonleague. A.J. Marcucci made four saves and assisted on Ramon Gallegos' go-ahead goal in the second half of Episcopal Academy's 2-0 win at Phelps.   Girls' Soccer Emily Wasserleben headed in her own rebound six minutes into overtime to secure a 2-1, Suburban One National win for William Tennent at Abington.
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September 12, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
It was in the mid-1990s when Drew Gordon, then La Salle's offensive coordinator, took notice of a sophomore reserve. "He kind of stood out because he worked so hard and, even as one of the younger guys on the team, was a leader," said Gordon, now the Explorers' head coach. That player was Travis Manion. Later, as a hard-nosed senior fullback and defensive lineman, he played a key role in La Salle's drive to a 12-1 record and the Catholic League title. After making his mark at La Salle, where he also excelled in wrestling and lacrosse, Manion went on to the U.S. Naval Academy and, following in the footsteps of his father, became a Marine Corps officer.
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September 11, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
DEFENDING regular-season Big East champion Villanova will open its conference schedule on Dec. 31 at home against Butler. The Wildcats close on March 7 at the Wells Fargo Center with St. John's. Their other games in South Philly are against Marquette on Feb. 4 and Georgetown 3 days later. Their games at the Pavilion are against De Paul (Jan. 10), Xavier (Jan. 14), Creighton (Jan. 25), Seton Hall (Feb. 16) and Providence (Feb. 24). The Wildcats start on Nov. 14 against Lehigh at the new PPL Center in Allentown, which will be a homecoming for senior guard and Lehigh Valley native Darrun Hilliard.
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September 7, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Alexa Hoover (Methacton) and Emily Corcoran (Merion Mercy) both had hat tricks as the Penn women's field hockey team routed Lehigh, 9-1, Friday day afternoon at Ellen Vagelos Field. Temple 6, Rutgers 1 - With three goals in the first 12 minutes, the Owls (3-0) routed the host Scarlet Knights.   Columbia 3, La Salle 1 - Abbey Lawrence scored, with an assist from Devin Muracco (Washington Township), but the Explorers fell short agains the host Lions.   Volleyball Temple 3, Charlotte 1 - Caroline Grattan's double-double of 16 kills and 13 digs led the Owls (4-0)
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September 6, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Erin Gluck recorded a natural hat trick in a span of four minutes Thursday, but Swarthmore (0-3) fell to host Richard Stockton, 6-3, in a field hockey game in Galloway, N.J. Samantha Barcia (Eastern) led the way for Stockton (2-0) with a hat trick of her own. Neumann 2, Widener 1 - The Knights (1-2) needed double overtime, but they notched their first victory since 2004 over the Pride (0-2). Carolynn Bacho (Holy Cross) scored the game-winner 53 seconds into the second OT. Women's soccer.
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September 2, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
It was in the spring, while Mark Schmidt was watching his daughter's softball game, when his cell phone suddenly rang. On the other end was Drew Gordon. The La Salle football boss wanted to know whether Schmidt, who had stepped down as Neshaminy's longtime coach in February, was interested in joining the Explorers' staff for 2014. "He had an opening for an offensive-line coach," Schmidt said. "From there, I went and talked to my wife [Maribeth] about it. We agreed that it would be something worth pursuing.
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September 1, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pat Shurmur recalls the countless pass-and-catch sessions in the backyard, watching his son make surprisingly crisp and accurate throws. The youngster, when it came to organized play, showed more natural ability on offense. "He's never been a good tackler," his father said with a laugh. Jon Runyan remembers the Tuesday afternoons, while at home and recovering from another exhausting NFL game, when he would test his namesake's hand-eye coordination. "I would have him run across the room and wing the ball at him," he said.
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August 31, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even after a stellar opening performance, La Salle's Kyle Shurmur wanted to talk about the things he needed to improve on as a quarterback moving forward. "Numbers are numbers," the 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior said after throwing for 338 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's night's 29-7 triumph over host North Penn in Lansdale. "We can't stall on drives like we did at times. That's on me. " Shurmur, who is ticketed for Vanderbilt, connected on 23 of 36 attempts. In the first half, he was 16 for 22 for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
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August 30, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
In gearing up for a return to the powerful Suburban One League National Conference, North Penn will open the football season Friday night vs. La Salle in the first of three nonleague contests against solid Catholic League opponents. A difficult early-season slate strengthened the Knights last year. After an 0-3 start, including a 34-7 loss to the Explorers, they won 10 straight games in advancing to the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA final. This year, after La Salle, North Penn's schedule will continue with West Catholic, the reigning Catholic League Class AA champ, and Archbishop Wood, the defending AAA state titlist.
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August 30, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pat Shurmur recalls the countless pass-and-catch sessions in the backyard, watching his son make surprisingly crisp and accurate throws. The youngster, when it came to organized play, showed more natural ability on offense. "He's never been a good tackler," his father said with a laugh. Jon Runyan remembers the Tuesday afternoons, while at home and recovering from another exhausting NFL game, when he would test his namesake's hand-eye coordination. "I would have him run across the room and wing the ball at him," he said.
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